Swans ‎– The Seer

Young God Records ‎– YG45, Mute ‎– STRUMM 363
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label

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  • Artwork, Painting [Paintings], Photography By [Swans Photo Portraits]Simon Henwood
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Assistant At Trout]Adam Sachs
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Engineer At Trout]Bryce Goggin
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion [Various Songs]Cassis Staudt*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion, Vocals, Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Instruments [Assorted Other Instruments]Caleb Mulkerin (tracks: F2), Colleen Kinsella (tracks: F2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Backing VocalsDana Janssen (tracks: B2, C1), Jarboe (tracks: B2, C1, F2), Miles Seaton (tracks: B2, C1), Seth Olinsky (tracks: B2, C1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage]Jarboe (tracks: B2, C1, F2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], BagpipesIain Graham (tracks: E2, F1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello]Bob Rutman* (tracks: E2, F1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Various Songs]Jane Scarpantoni
  • Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon]Stefan Rocke (tracks: E2, F1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Drums [Additional Drums]Kevin McMahon (2) (tracks: F2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], HornsBruce Lamont (tracks: E2, F1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Jew's Harp [Jews Harp]Shon Mahoney (tracks: F2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Karen O (tracks: C4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Mandolin [Acoustic And Electric Mandolins], Clarinet [Various Songs]Sean Mackowiak (The Grasshopper)*
  • Guest [Special Guest], PianoBryce Goggin (tracks: C4)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)]Ben Frost (tracks: B2, C1)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Violin [Various Songs]Eszter Balint
  • Guest [Special Guest], Vocals [Co-vocals]Al Of Low* (tracks: A1), Mimi Of Low* (tracks: A1)
  • Mastered ByDoug Henderson
  • Mastered By [Pre-mastering]Jamal Ruhe
  • Mixed ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Performer [Honorary Swan], Piano, Organ, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards [Casio], Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Bird Idea]Bill Rieflin*
  • Performer [Swans], Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Incredible Handshake]Christopher Pravdica*
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Bells [Orchestral Bells], Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Violin [Handmade Violin Thing], Vibraphone, Piano, Clarinet, VoiceThor Harris
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], VoicePhil Puleo
  • Performer [Swans], Electric Guitar, VoiceNorman Westberg
  • Performer [Swans], Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel Guitars], Electric Guitar, VoiceChristoph Hahn*
  • Performer [Swans], Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards [Casio], SoundsMichael Gira
  • Producer [Produced By]Michael Gira
  • Recorded By [Assistants In Berlin]Boris*, Marco*
  • Recorded By [Berlin And New York]Kevin McMahon (2)


Came in white diecut paper sleeves. Release title written in upper right of side A sleeve.

This is the UK Test Pressing of this LP. I assume there is also a US Test Pressing, as I have both a US and a UK for the previous release (My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky).

Release info:

Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixed at Marcata.

Mastered at Micro-Moose Berlin. Pre-mastering at West Westside Music.

Karen O appears courtesy of Interscope Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: STRUMM 363 A/B/C/D/E/F

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Young God Records (2) YG45 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, RE) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Europe 2014 Sell This Version
LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD) Mute, Young God Records LCDSTUMM363, YG45DVD UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version